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#16
(19-03-2011, 02:34 AM)Wraith Wrote: I've spoken directly to a Nuclear Maintenance Engineer (My father) and a someone who works for Emergency Management with Excelon at a nuclear plant and both of them said the same thing to me. "It's nothing they need to worry about".

It's nice to hear how the specialists see this situation which I can't guess and think 'cos I'm an amateur of the nuclear things. That at least helps out me who have to live in Tokyo in getting relief. If they will change their minds and start to say different things, please tell us again. Thanks Wraith.
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#17
Update on donations - here are the available links I found where you can easily donate:
Japan Red Cross - bank transfer (English):
http://sidmrwfs637j.origin.bakusoku.jp/e...02070.html

Japan Red Cross - bank transfer (Japanese):
http://www.jrc.or.jp/contribute/help/l4/...02074.html

Japan Red Cross via Google Checkout:
http://www.google.co.jp/intl/en/crisisre...e2011.html

Various Charities via Google Checkout:
http://www.google.co.jp/intl/en/crisisre...l#donation

American Red Cross via iTunes:
https://buy.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/...GiftWizard




(19-03-2011, 09:20 AM)RON Wrote: It's nice to hear how the specialists see this situation which I can't guess and think 'cos I'm an amateur of the nuclear things. That at least helps out me who have to live in Tokyo in getting relief. If they will change their minds and start to say different things, please tell us again. Thanks Wraith.

RON (and others) - if you want to read the full transcript of the British Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, see below link:

http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?vie...=567559482

May take a while to read, but provides some interesting and informative information. Of course that's his opinion, so use the information how you like.

That said, the British government has issued a similar statement as the US government, and now is advising British nationals to consider leaving Tokyo and the areas north of Tokyo. They are also chartering flights similar to the US (and again, this is not a free ticket out, you need to pay according to their listed prices).

http://ukinjapan.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-...vel-advice
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#18
I'm sick of it too, people telling me the what my gov and other govs are saying. People saying the foreign minister has told everyone to evacuate Japan, when I ask where they read it, I get a link to an article that says the foreign minister suggests people get out of Tokyo if they can. If that doesn't make me panic he moves onto saying the guys who volunteered to stay and work on the reactor know they are going to die and so on and so on.
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#19
Guys - this post especially, let's keep positive. Thanks.
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#20
http://thisjapaneselife.org/2011/03/18/o.../#more-431

Might be something for you guys to take into consideration.
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#21
I would like to take a moment to recognize the heroes that are putting their lives on the line working to resolve the threats at the power plants in Fukushima. The workers, fire fighters, self defense forces, police, and US forces that have been assisting should all be applauded and thanked for their selfless and tireless efforts. It is easy to lump all these people in with the corporate identity of TEPCO, but without these people, things would be much worse than they are.

One thing to keep in mind is that many of embassies have been suggesting people leave Tokyo more because of damage to, and concern over infrastructure (transportation, power, food and water shortages, etc) and not because of the fear of radiation poisoning in Tokyo and it's surrounding areas.

That said, if people are deciding to leave, for whatever reason, no one one should be judging them. People all have their own needs, and we should be respectful enough to let them meet them.

I hope everyone is acting responsibly by not panic buying, conserving energy, and donating what you can.
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#22
Ginga - well said (IMHO).

All, if you haven't seen on tv, and need a reason to donate, check out these pictures:

Kid on the lower left smiling holding a sign saying "Food please!!"
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/photos/...024-p1.htm

Sign says "Underwear and hot water please!" (as of yesterday (2011/03/19), this camp doesn't have water or electricity).
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/photos/...024-p2.htm

I know there are plenty of other things going on in the world that deserve donations etc, but this tragic event is quite close to home for many of us - please use your best judgement.

Also, for those interested in volunteering to help, note that most organizations prefer money as opposed to volunteers, as unless you are experienced and willing to donate significant time (e.g. a month or two - as opposed to just a day), you will be more of a liability than a help. In cases like this, money seems to be the best donation.

If you don't believe me, here are the official pages explaining:
http://www.cidi.org/individuals

Japan Red Cross http://www.jrc.or.jp/l2/Vcms2_00002082.html
(below basically says they have made the decision not to accept volunteers at this stage).
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Lots more places to donate:
http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/i...e-response
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